Lecturer in Law (Legal Research and Writing) for 2023-24 Academic Year at UCLA School of Law
UCLA School of Law
Location: Los Angeles, California
Type: Full Time
Salary: $100,000 to $112,000
See UC Salary Table 15 at https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t15.pdf for the salary range for this position.
Internal Number: JPF08230
UCLA School of Law is seeking a full-time lecturer to teach two sections of the first-year J.D. course in Legal Research and Writing. The opening is for the 2023-24 academic year. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2023.
Each section of the Legal Research and Writing is a year-long five-credit course, designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning, the structure of objective and persuasive arguments, legal research methods, statutory interpretation, and additional skills, such as oral advocacy, fact investigation, and client counseling. Students complete a variety of written assignments, both graded and ungraded, designed to reinforce the overarching lessons of the course.
Each of the two sections will meet for approximately 90 minutes, twice a week, during the fall semester (approximately the third week of August until Thanksgiving) and the spring semester (mid-January through April). Most lecturers find that their work grading and responding to students about grades continues through mid-June. Each section has approximately 25 students. In addition to the class meetings, lecturers are expected to hold regular office hours and meet with students to counsel them about their writing projects, career interests and other matters of academic or professional concern. Students in both sections complete several major writing and research projects over the course of the year, with the lecturer providing extensive individualized written feedback along with individual meetings on each assignment. Candidates have the benefit of developed materials for both courses, although they will be expected to develop and update the course materials for Legal Research and Writing to incorporate cutting-edge problems. The candidate would be expected to work closely with other Legal Research and Writing lecturers in developing materials which fit program and School goals.
This position requires evidence of past or potential ability for:
• Effective classroom teaching (including command of the subject matter, ability to organize and present material, and ability to awaken student interest, curiosity, creativity, and achievement). • Effective and timely feedback on written assignments with extensive oral and written comments on student work product. • Counseling of students on a wide range of professional and career topics.
The successful candidate should also expect to do the following:
• Collaborate with other Legal Research and Writing lecturers in developing assignments and coordinating due dates. • Supervise and train second and third-year students who will assist the lecturer with critiquing first drafts of the ungraded student writing and assignments.
The candidate will also engage in other teaching duties such as assisting in a clinical course and in supervising student externships.
This is a full-time academic, non-tenure track appointment as a Lecturer in Law. See UC Salary Table 15 at https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t15.pdf for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $100,000 to $112,000. All candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree. We seek candidates with an excellent academic record; substantial legal writing experience; a strong desire to teach; proven ability to provide constructive feedback; and at least 2 years of practice experience as an attorney in any jurisdiction (5 years preferred).
Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08230 by submitting pdf copies of a CV or resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references, as well as a statement of contributions to diversity. Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
Open date: February 23, 2023
Next review date:Friday, Mar 24, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Apr 21, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or experience.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
List of References - Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references
Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
Teaching Evaluations - Applicants with teaching experience should also include their teaching evaluations, a summary thereof, or other testimonials concerning their teaching experience. (Optional)
3-5 required (contact information only)
Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references
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